1 Sexually Transmitted Infections (Diseases - STIs) Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are those that are transmitted from one person to another during coitus or other genital contact.They sometimes are called venereal diseases, after Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The incidence of these diseases is disturbingly high.It is estimated that one in four Americans between the ages of 15 and 55 will acquire some form of STD; i.e., about 8 to 10 million Americans will contract an STD each year.
2 Sexually Transmitted Infections (Diseases - STIs) Organisms causing STDs usually do not live and reproduce on dry skin surfaces.Require the moist environments of membranes in the so-called “transitional zones” of the body—those that occur at openings between the external and internal body surfaces.These transitional zones include the vulva, vagina, and urethra of the female; the penis and urethra of the male; and the mouth, oral cavity, eyes, and anus of both sexes.Although the body forms antibodies to many of the STD organisms, immunities are slow to develop or may never occur.
3 BACTERIA Bacteria are single-celled, microscopic organisms. Most have a cell membrane and all lack membrane-bound organelles, including a nucleus.The bacterial genetic material is a single, circular molecule of DNA not arranged into a chromosome.Bacteria can have several shapes (e.g., rod-shaped; filamentous; spiral-shaped).Many bacteria cause disease by producing toxins. Bacteria that cause human illness can be prevented by vaccines or can be killed by antibiotics.
4 VIRUSESA virus is a tiny, noncellular particle composed of a nucleic acid core (DNA or RNA) and a protein coat.Viruses are parasitic and reproduce only within a host cell.Some viral-caused human illnesses can be prevented by vaccination, but viruses are not harmed by antibiotics.Other kinds of organisms can cause STDs, such as fungi, protozoa, and invertebrates.
5 GonorrheaGonorrhea (“clap,” “drip,” “strain”) is an STD that has been afflicting humans for centuries. References are made to this infirmity in ancient Chinese and Hebrew writings. In the early 1950s, the frequency of gonorrhea in the United States exhibited an epidemic increase but then began to decrease slowly in the late 1970s.At present, about 418,000 new gonorrhea cases are reported each year in the United States. Most new cases occur in the 15- to 29-year-old age group, although this disease can occur in people of any age. The incidence of gonorrhea is especially high in teenagers and male homosexuals.
6 Cause of GonorrheaGonorrhea is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, named after the scientist Albert Neisser, who identified it in 1879.The term gonorrhoeae is derived from a Greek word that means “flow of seed.” Neisseria gonorrhoeae is a Gram-negative, diplococcus bacterium.In 1883, Christian Gram of Denmark invented a stain that differentiated gram-positive from gram-negative bacteria. Gram-positive bacteria stain more darkly because of differences in their cell wall structure. “Diplococcus” means that these bacteria occur in pairs, with their adjacent sides flattened. A common name for the bacterium N. gonorrhoeae is gonococcus, and gonorrhea is often referred to as a “gonococcal infection.”
8 Transmission of Gonorrhea 16 different strains of N. gonorrhoeae, some more damaging than others.All strains die quickly when exposed to dry air and sunlight, so it is virtually impossible to catch this disease by touching toilet seats and only very rarely can it be transmitted by moist towels, clothes, or hands.The main way this bacterium is transmitted Is during heterosexual or homosexual coitus. The bacteria also can be transmitted to the mouth or anus during oral or anal coitus.Nonoxynol-9, an ingredient in spermicides, can reduce gonorrhea transmission by 60%.
10 Female Gonorrhea Symptoms About 75% of females who acquire gonorrhea are asymptomatic (show no symptoms).There are, at present, about 800,000 females in the United States with undiagnosed gonorrhea. This presents a problem because they are carriers of the disease without knowing it, and the disease can reach an advanced stage before a female knows that she has the affliction.
12 Female Gonorrhea Symptoms In the remaining 25% of women who exhibit symptoms, the first sign usually is the appearance of a clear or whitish fluid discharge from the vagina (infection or inflammation of the vagina, called vaginitis). This discharge soon changes to a yellowish or greenish color; i.e., it becomes a pus-filled discharge. The vaginal wall can become quite irritated at this time. Eventually, the infection can reach the cervix; infection and inflammation of this organ (cervicitis) contribute to the purulent discharge. A discharge also can come from the urethra (urethritis). Urination can become difficult and painful when urethritis is present. Also, the bacteria can reach the urinary bladder, causing infection (cystitis).
13 Female Gonorrhea Complications If left untreated, the bacteria can infect the uterus (endometritis) and can reach the oviducts 2 to 10 weeks after the initial infection. Inflammation and infection of the oviducts (salpingitis) can lead to infertility. If left untreated, the bacteria can spread to other pelvic and abdominal organs, resulting in a dangerous condition called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
15 Gonorrhea Complications The bacteria also can cause inflammation of the heart, brain, spinal cord membranes, eyes, skin, and joints.Oral coitus with a person carrying the bacteria in his or her genital region can lead to infection of the oral cavity.Anal coitus can transmit the disease into the anus and cause inflammation of the rectum (proctitis).
16 Gonorrhea and Pregnancy Can pass the disease to the fetusThe bacteria can enter the fetal blood across the placenta. If this happens in the first trimester, there is an increased risk of miscarriage.N. gonorrhoeae in the birth canal can infect the eyes of the newborn. Untreated, the newborn’s eyes develop a purulent discharge within 21 days of birth, and the eyes can eventually be destroyed. Treatment of the newborn’s eyes with silver nitrate or an antibiotic prevents this from occurring.
17 Male Gonorrhea Symptoms Most men (70 to 90%) develop recognizable symptoms of gonorrhea.The first signs usually are a purulent discharge from the urethra and redness of the glans of the penis.Urination can become painful and difficult, and scar tissue can form in the urethra.Men also can have painful erections, pain in the groin region, and a low fever. If not treated, the infection can spread in about 3 weeks to the urinary bladder and prostate gland and can infect these organs. The epididymides also can become infected, and in some cases the testes themselves become infected and inflamed (orchiditis), sometimes leading to infertility.
18 Gonorrhea DiagnosisSwabs of the urethra, cervix, and/or rectum are made and are cultured in a special (Thayer—Martin) medium.The colonies of bacteria growing in this medium are then examined with a microscope for the presence of N. gonorrhoeae, and several biochemical tests are used to confirm the presence of this organism.This culture test takes about 24 to 48 hr. Unfortunately, in about 15 to 20% of people who have the disease, the gonorrhea bacteria are not visible in a culture. Therefore, it is a good idea to have repeat cultures done.
31 SyphilisSyphilis is a serious sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacterium, Treponema pallidum.About 50 million people in the world now have syphilis, and its incidence has been slowly increasing.In the US, about 82,000 new cases of syphilis are reported per year, the highest rate in 40 years. The actual incidence is even higher because many cases are not reported.
35 Origin of SyphilisColumbian Theory There are at least two theories about the origin of syphilis. The “Columbian theory” proposes that Christopher Columbus and his crew contracted the disease from natives on their first voyage to the West Indies in 1493.They then introduced the disease to Europe. The first documented epidemic of syphilis occurred in western Europe at the end of the 15th century. People in one country usually blamed foreigners for introducing the disease. Thus, it was called the “Neopolitan disease” in France, the “French pox” by Italians, and the “French or Spanish disease” by the English.
36 Origin of SyphilisIn 1520, after the epidemic was over, an Italian physician and philosopher, Hieronymous Fracastorius, wrote a poem in which the people of the earth were given a horrible disease by the sun god, Apollo, because a shepherd encouraged his people to worship the king instead of Apollo.The shepherd’s name was Syphilis.
37 Syphilis Transmission Treponema pallidum is a corkscrew-shaped (spirochete) bacterium.Thrives in moist regions of the body and will survive and reproduce only where there is little oxygen present.It is killed by heat, drying, and sunlight. Therefore, one cannot catch syphilis from contacting toilet seats, bath towels, or bedding.
38 Syphilis Transmission It can, however, live in collected blood for up to 24 hr at 40C, and thus, in rare cases, is transmitted during blood transfusion.Nine out of 10 cases of syphilis transmission occur during sexual intercourse, although it also can be introduced into an open wound in the skin.Fortunately, only about 1 in 10 people exposed to the bacteria develops syphilis.
39 Primary Stage of Syphilis Primary Stage The symptoms of untreated syphilis occur in four stages.The primary stage of syphilis usually appears as a single sore called a chancre (pronounced shang’ker) at the place where the bacteria first entered the body.Round, ulcer-like sore with a hard raised edge and a soft center. It looks like a crater, about 1/2 to 1 in. in diameter. This chancre, which for all its awful appearance is painless, appears 10 to 90 days after entry of the bacteria.Because the chancre is painless and may be in a location not readily noticed, a person may not realize that he or she is infected.
40 Primary Stage of Syphilis In males, the chancre usually occurs on the glans or corona of the penis, but it can occur anywhere on the penis or on the scrotum.In females, it usually appears on the vulva, but sometimes can appear on the cervix or vaginal wall.After oral coitus with an infected person, it can appear on the lips, tongue, or tonsils, and it can appear in the anus after anal coitus with an infected person.
43 Primary Stage of Syphilis Inguinal lymph nodes enlarge a few days after the sore appears.The chancre heals in 1 to 5 weeks, and the primary stage is then over.Meanwhile, the bacteria travel in the blood or lymphatic system to other parts of the body and eventually cause the secondary stage of syphilis if the person is not treated.
46 Secondary Stage of Syphilis Secondary Stage The secondary stage of syphilis occurs 2 weeks to 6 months after the primary stage.This stage is characterized by a rash that appears on the upper body, arms, and hands, which then spreads to other skin regions.In white-skinned people, the rash appears as cherry-colored blemishes or bumps that change to a coppery-brown color.In dark-skinned people, the blemishes are grayish blue.
49 Secondary Stage of Syphilis Larger bumps can develop and burst, especially in the inguinal region.The rash does not itch and is painless, but the syphilis bacteria are present in great numbers in these sores, and contact with the sores is very infectious to other people.Other symptoms of the secondary stage include hair loss, sore throat, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, constipation, pain in the joints and abdominal muscles, a low fever, and swollen lymph glands.
50 Secondary Stage of Syphilis The symptoms are minor and cause little inconvenience in about 60% of untreated individuals in the secondary stage and thus can be completely overlooked.The secondary stage goes away in 2 to 6 weeks, and the untreated individual then enters the latent stage of syphilis.
51 Latent Stage of Syphilis Latent Stage During the latent stage of syphilis, which can last for years, a person exhibits few or no symptoms.After about a year of the latent stage, the individual can no longer transmit the bacteria to another person (except to a fetus, as discussed later). About half of the people who enter the latent stage never leave it, even if not treated.The other half eventually enter the tertiary stage of syphilis if not previously treated with antibiotics.
52 Tertiary Stage of Syphilis Tertiary Stage Entrance into the tertiary stage of syphilis occurs because the bacteria have invaded tissues throughout the body.The tertiary stage is characterized by large, tumor-like sores (gummas) that form on tissues of skin, muscle, the digestive tract, liver, lungs, eyes, nervous system, heart, or endocrine glands.Infection of the heart (cardiovascular syphilis) can cause severe damage to the heart and its valves.
53 Tertiary Stage of Syphilis Invasion of the bacteria into the central nervous system causes “neurosyphilis,” and the brain and spinal cord can be severely damaged.People with neurosyphilis can develop partial or total paralysis, blindness, or psychotic and unpredictable behavior.People in the tertiary stage are not infectious, but about 4000 die annually of tertiary syphilis in the United States.
55 Congenital SyphilisA person is not infectious in most of the latent stage or in the tertiary stage of syphilis.This is true except in the case of an infected pregnant woman, who can pass the bacteria to her fetus at any stage of syphilis.The placenta protects the fetus against invasion of the syphilis bacteria up to the 6th month of pregnancy, after which time the T. pallidum organism passes through the placental membranes into the fetal bloodstream. Then, the fetus can contract the disease from the mother.
56 Congenital SyphilisIf this happens, about 30% of the fetuses miscarry and 70% are born with congenital syphilis.The latter children are contagious in their 1st and 2nd year, and go through all the stages of syphilis if left untreated.About 23 in 100 such cases develop tertiary syphilis in 10 to 20 years.Symptoms of tertiary congenital syphilis include damage to the eyes, deafness, flattening of the bridge of the nose (“saddle nose”), and central incisor teeth that are spread apart and notched (“Hutchinson’s teeth”). Many of these individuals die from this affliction.
57 ChlamydiaNonspecific urethritis has, in the past, referred to any sexually transmitted urethritis (urethral infection) not caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae.We know now that the leading cause of this affliction is the Gram-negative, bacterium-like microrganism Chlamydia trachomatis.This is a member of a group of very small bacteria that, unlike other bacteria, live inside cells and were once thought to be virus.
66 ChlamydiaAbout half the cases of nonspecific urethritis in men and women are caused chlamydia.Chlamydia can also passed to the eyes by touching infected regions.At present, there are about million reported new cases of chlamydia each year, making it the leading sexually transmitted disease in the United States in this regard.
67 Chlamydia and the Female In females, the cervix is the main site of chlamydia infection, leading spotting between periods, a yellowish vaginal discharge, and frequent urinationThe cervix, vagina, urethra, and vulva become reddened and irritated.There is an association between chlamydia infection and cervical cancer.About 50 to 70% of infected women have no symptoms, which makes early detection difficult.
68 Chlamydia and the Female The result of an untreated infection could be pelvic infection and sterility.It is estimated that about 11,000 women in the United States become sterile annually as a result of chlamydia infection.A chlamydia infection in a pregnant woman can be passed to her child during delivery, and the result can be lung and eye infections in the newborn.
69 Chlamydia and the MaleMale partners of chlamydia-infected women usually have chlamydia their bodies.Although 30% of men are asymptomatic, the remainder develop frequent and painful urination.For men, the incubation period is 7 to days.Chlamydia infection can lead to abnormal and nonmotile sperm men.
70 ChlamydiaChlamydia is detected by tissue culture as well as an enzyme test.For both sexes, chlamydia can be cured by treatment with tetracycline or erythromycin but not penicillin.Both partners should be treated, even if only one has symptoms.
71 Other STI BacteriaOther causes of nonspecific urethritis include Ureaplasma urealyticum, which is related to chlamydia.Hemophilus vaginalis, a bacterium, also produces some cases of nonspecific urethritis.In women, these can also cause pelvic infection and even infertility, and they can cause infertility in men (through scarring sex accessory tubes or damaging sperm).
72 Genital Herpes Herpes genitalis is a very common viral STI. Each year, about 5 million people in the world and more than 500,000 in the United States will contract this disease.As herpes is, at present, incurable, it is estimated that there are about 2 million sufferers in the United States today.
73 Genital HerpesIt is most prevalent in teenagers and young adults, especially in poorer regions, but it can infect anyone.There may be an inherited resistance to herpes viruses, since a gene for herpes virus sensitivity is present on chromosome 3 in humans.
74 Cause of Genital Herpes This disease is caused by herpes simplex type 2 virus.There are 25 herpes viruses which cause such diseases as;fever blisters and cold sores (herpes simplex type 1 virus)chicken pox in children or shingles in adults (varicella—zoster virus)infectious mononucleosis (Epstein—Barr virus)cytomegalic inclusion disease, which affects the fetus and newborn and results in enlargement of the liver and spleen (cytomegalovirus).
75 Cause of Genital Herpes The herpes simplex type 2 virus usually affect the body below the waist (e.g., the genitals, thighs, and buttocks), whereas type 1 usually invades areas above the waist.About 20% of herpes infections of the genital region, are caused by herpes simplex type 1, usually as a consequence of oral coitus with an infected person.Similarly, type 2 occasional is isolated from mouth sores.
77 Cause of Genital Herpes Condoms are not 100% effective in preventing transmission of the herpes virus.It should be emphasized that herpes genital can be transmitted by nonsexual contact with an infected person.Herpes viruses can survive a few hours on moist toilet seats, gloves, in tap water, an on plastic surfaces in spas, a person could at least theoretically could acquire the virus from these surfaces, although actual transmission via this route is rare.
78 Genital Herpes Symptoms Once a person contracts the herpes genitalis virus, usually through genital contact, clusters of tiny blisters develop that change to painful round sores in 4 to 7 days.Two or 3 days later, these take the form of multiple, small, round, itchy ulcer s.Severe ulcers occur only in about 10% of infected people; in the remaining 90% the sores are minor and often go unnoticed.In males, the sores occur mainly on the penis (shaft, foreskin, glans, urethral meatus), especially the uncircumcised.
79 Genital Herpes Symptoms The primary symptoms usually are more painful in females with sores appearing on the labia, clitoral hood, cervix, vaginal introitus, urethral meatus, or perineum.Urination and coitus can be painful.More severe but less common symptoms in both sexes include fever and enlargement of the inguinal lymph nodes.
84 Genital Herpes Symptoms In general, the symptoms are more severe in people who have never been exposed to any herpes virus.If a person touches an open sore and then his or her eyes, he or she can develop a virus infection that can lead to blindness.The sores, if they develop, heal in 1 to 6 weeks.Individuals can infect other people most when sores are present but can also be infectious after the sores and scabs disappear.
85 Genital Herpes Symptoms After the herpes sores have healed, the virus migrates up sensory nerves to clumps of nerve cells near the spinal cord. They lie dormant there for several days, weeks, or months.When they become active again, they migrate back to the skin, and cause recurrence of the symptoms.Such recurrence can be on different parts of the penis or scrotum in males or on the vulva, vagina, or cervix in females.
86 Genital Herpes Symptoms The recurrent attack often is accompanied by enlargement of the lymph nodes in the groin, as well as fever and headaches. Then, the symptoms go away in 1 to 4 weeks.Recurrence of symptoms can occur frequently (e.g., once a month), or there may be several months between attacks.Some individuals have more than 10 attacks, and these often are associated with times of stress or, in females, with menstruation.
90 Genital Herpes Symptoms Eventually, antibodies are formed that alleviate or stop recurrences, and a few people may never have a second attack. Nevertheless, herpes genitalis can stay with many people for their entire lives.There is a disturbing positive correlation of females developing cervical cancer after having had herpes genitalis; the incidence is two to four times higher than in those who have not had herpes genitalis.Herpes also is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis and blood clots.
91 Genital Herpes & Pregnancy Herpes simplex type 2 virus in the blood of a pregnant female can cross the placenta and damage the fetus. This, however, is rare.More often, the fetus is exposed to the virus during birth, especially if the woman has open sores during delivery.However, about a third of cases of neonatal herpes occur during deliveries in which the woman had no open sores.
97 Genital Herpes Treatment There is no reliable cure for herpes genitalis, which explains why the actual number of people having the virus is high.Some procedures, however, have the potential to reduce the severity and frequency of recurrence of the herpes symptoms. Proper hygiene has such an effect.Vitamin A seems to be helpful because it stimulates the immune system.Zinc sulfate administered in a special tampon prevented recurrence and spread of the disease in a preliminary trial.
98 Genital Herpes Treatment Topical application of a drug, 5-iodo-deoxyunidine, seems to relieve the symptoms.A drug called 2-deoxy-D-glucose can also combat herpes genitalis.The most commonly used drug is, acyclivor (Zovirax), which interferes with reproduction of the herpes virus.Evidence shows, however, that new strains of the herpes virus resistant to acyclivor can appear
99 Genital Warts (HPV)Genital warts (Condyloma acuminata) occurs in the genital region because of the presence of a human papilloma virus (HPV).This virus often is transmitted sexually, which is why the condition may be called “venereal warts.” These warts also can appear spontaneously. (The kind of warts that occur on the skin in other body regions is caused by a different virus.)
101 Genital Warts (HPV)About 20% of sexually active 14- to 18-year-old females have the virus, and most of their sex partners do as well.This amounts to about two million new cases in the United States annually, which makes it one of the most prevalent STIs.
105 Genital Warts (HPV) Symptoms After the genital wart virus is contracted, the warts appear in 3 weeks to 8 months.They are moist, soft, cauliflower-like bumps occurring singly or in groups. They can be pink, red, or dark gray.Females often get them on the cervix, labia, vulva, or perineum.In males they appear on the prepuce, glans, or coronal ridge of the penis, as well as in the urethra and on the scrotum.
114 Genital Warts (HPV) Treatments Genital warts can be effectively treated with the medications that chemically or physically destroy the wartspodophyllin or tnichloroacetic acid = chemicaldry ice, or liquid nitrogen = freeze wartsThe warts usually dry up and fall off a few days after being treated.If this does not work, the warts can be removed by laser surgery or heat cauterization.
115 Viral Hepatitis BInfection of the liver with hepatitis virus B (viral hepatitis, type B) often is transmitted by the use of an infected hypodermic needle.It can also be transmitted during sexual contact or during other close contact with infected people.The virus is present in saliva and semen and can be transmitted during kissing or anal or oral intercourse, and can cross the placenta.
116 Viral Hepatitis BAbout 50 to 60% of these cases not attributed to injections using infected needles occur in homosexual men, although hepatitis type B also can be transmitted during heterosexual coitus.In fact, it is spreading rapidly on college campuses. There are about 300,000 new cases of hepatitis B in the United States each year, and 1 to 2% of these are fatal.Symptoms include an inflamed liver (hepatitis), liver cancer, fever, weakness, headache, and muscle pain. A new hepatitis B vaccine has met with 92% success, but many people are not aware of its availability.
120 Pediculosis Pubis, “Crabs” An STI caused by an Arthropod Pediculosis pubis, or “crabs,” is caused by a tiny, parasitic, blood-sucking crab louse by the name of Phthirus pubis.This organism can be transmitted by direct body contact and also by contact with hair, clothing, or bedding.The organism can be seen at the base of hairs or as black spots visible on underwear. It lives in pubic, axillary, eyebrow, eyelash, and facial hair, but never in scalp hair.
121 Pediculosis Pubis, “Crabs” An STI caused by an Arthropod It needs the environment of human hair, as it dies in 24 hr if removed.Female parasites lay tiny white eggs at the base of hairs, and the eggs hatch into larvae in 7 to 9 days.Adults or larvae causing itching, and scratching can lead to secondary infection of the skin or hair follicles.
122 Pediculosis Pubis, “Crabs” An STI caused by an Arthropod In World War II, parasitized people were shaved and a 10% DDT powder was used for 24 hr.Now, an insecticide called gamma benzene hexachlonide (Kwell) is applied as a cream, lotion, or shampoo.If one member of a household has crabs, all members should be treated.All underclothing and linens should be washed in hot water with bleach.